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Editorial: Not such a dull Blade after all

It came as a bolt out of the blue, surprising economists and those who’ve grown to expect only fiscal lunacy from government

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Bruce's List: Molefe breaks wind, becomes a renewable

Eskom’s Zupta apologist believes the best method of defending the indefensible is attack, writes Peter Bruce

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In Good Faith: Facing the consequences

A tough approach by the courts is the only way to prevent unions and employees from disregarding court orders, a judge says

Editorial: Zuma, CEOs and the sound of silence

If there were ever a time to break the code of silence, it is now: inappropriate and contradictory policies, corruption and neglect are wreaking economic havoc

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Boardroom Tails: Be grateful for our heroes

SA is not for sissies, but a noisy civil society contributes towards making it an exhilarating place that holds unimaginable promise, writes Ann Crotty

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Bruce's List: Allister Sparks — brilliant and brave

Remembering the man who showed successive governments that this country’s journalists are no pushovers

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On My Mind: Bigger issues than just Jacob Zuma

We’re not here to ‘defend the president’, but rather to dismantle the economic hurdles in the way of true prosperity for all, writes Mohale Ralebitso

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All Blacks make bland biltong of the Boks

The gap between New Zealand and SA is now as wide as the Indian Ocean that separates the two countries, and it is widening, writes Sibusiso Mjikeliso

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Bruce's List: Zuma’s power ebbs as his generals take strain

You can almost see the life force draining from what remains of the Zuma presidency, writes Peter Bruce

Investor's Notebook: Universal life not transparent and too complex

Universal life was main wrapper for life products in 1980s and 1990s. It made sense in a high inflation environment, as part of the premium was paid into an investment account, writes Stephen Cranston

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Market Watch: Burger King

Investors may relish taking advantage of the Burger King induced discount on GPI, writes Marc Hasenfuss

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Diamonds & Dogs: EOH; Delta EMD

EOH is easy to overlook until you spot that it has grown to be the largest technology services provider in SA while Delta EMD waits for somebody merciful to come along and apply the captive bullet, writes Jamie Carr

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Bruce's List: Eskom — enough to make Moody’s grumpy

Futuregrowth’s call last week to pull the plug on new investments in parastatals has drawn the market’s attention to widespread corruption

Letters

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Letter: Towards a fiscal cliff

The president and his cabinet have shown that they simply do not care enough while others, particularly those in the parastatals, seem determined to continue looting the state’s coffers

Letter: Twin Peaks Bill is a sham

'Twin Peaks' is little less than a huge power grab, creating a state within the state

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Letter: Clarification

BSG Resources sadly, has a vision, not shared by all of those in the global extractive industries

Brined and non-brined. Injected salt solution makes chicken look better. Picture: FINANCIAL MAIL

Letter: Hidden foul play

As in Brazil, the brining of chicken should be totally banned

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Bruce's List: No Zuma in parliament? So what

Don’t worry, the president has a plan; except he can’t remember what it is

SA’s economic slide

Red tape, restrictive labour laws and crime hold SA back, writes FMF's Eustace Davie

Allister Sparks. Picture: CHRISTINE NESBITT/SUNDAY TIMES

Bruce's List: Allister Sparks — brilliant and brave

Remembering the man who showed successive governments that this country’s journalists are no pushovers

Nkandla. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

Editorial: So who is paying back the money?

Sadly, given the history of deceit involving Nkandla, a simple announcement that the money had been repaid was never going to rest there

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In Good Faith: The danger of violating trust

'Hear no evil, see no evil' is not an option for employees during industrial action, the labour court has found, writes Carmel Rickard

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Bruce's List: Zuma’s power ebbs as his generals take strain

You can almost see the life force draining from what remains of the Zuma presidency, writes Peter Bruce

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Pattern Recognition: 9/11 Twitter

News breaks on Twitter are now part of our online firmament, but where to for the 140-character social network, asks Toby Shapshak?

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Bruce's List: Eskom — enough to make Moody’s grumpy

Futuregrowth’s call last week to pull the plug on new investments in parastatals has drawn the market’s attention to widespread corruption

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Bruce's List: No Zuma in parliament? So what

Don’t worry, the president has a plan; except he can’t remember what it is

Bruce's List: Chinese TV belittles Zuma, gently

Public humiliation overseas and more private corruption at home, writes Peter Bruce

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Editorial: SA’s great nuclear non-debate

In the absence of facts, what we’re left with is only rumour and emotion

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Market Watch: Wi(e)se words

Invicta's AGM was a 'squirmfest' for your intrepid reporter. But there was value to be had, writes Marc Hasenfuss

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Letter: What did Tegeta promise?

Eskom says the advance payment it made to Tegeta for coal was acceptable commercial practice

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Pattern Recognition: New futures

Mark Zuckerberg's first trip to Africa has given the continent's entrepreneurs their moment under the spotlight

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In Good Faith: A case of unusual initiative

The owner of a company who did not scrutinise an employment agreement carefully later had to pay the price for his negligence

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Editorial: SAA board: yet another obstacle from Zuma

Is the "new" SA Airways (SAA) board really a victory for finance minister Pravin Gordhan?

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On My Mind: Tough at the top

If you want to transform any organisation, you need to start with a change in leadership, writes Thabo Mosala

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Letter: Gore deserves credit

One can only hope all his executives are imbued with the same values

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Bruce's List: Eskom and treasury trade blows

The internecine war surrounds, ultimately, Zuma’s unhealthy relationship with the Guptas

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Diamonds & Dogs: Bidcorp; Grindrod

Connoisseurs of the sport of kings will be well accustomed to having a few options from the Brian Joffe stable on which to stick their loot while sadly it’s all gone a bit Accrington Stanley for Grindrod of late

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Letter: Give merit a chance

What is transparency? It’s the characteristic of being easy to see through

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In Good Faith: Bureaucratic rot continues

Strange case involving two garages — one called Marikana Motors — lands before acting judge with links to massacre investigation, writes Carmel Rickard

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Editorial: ANC must recall Zuma, and soon

Jacob Zuma now presides over policy incoherence, administrative confusion and crumbling morality, and he no longer derives personal authority from the office he holds

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Letter: Help the investors first

Any nation, be it in Africa, Asia or Europe must facilitate the needs of investors

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Bruce's List: South Africa stands on the brink of a tragedy

Zuma’s actions against Gordhan put SA on the brink, and he doesn’t care, writes Peter Bruce

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Editorial: Juju 2.0: smarter, slimmer, savvier

He may play the fool at times, but don’t be duped: Julius Malema is a masterful politician

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Letter: Commodities query

As a retired mining industry employee, I track commodity prices avidly. One price that is not listed by the Financial Mail — or anywhere else I can find — is the iron ore price

Boardroom Tails: The timid giant

The PIC has less influence on boards than it should have, and this in spite of it carrying an immense, R1.8 trillion stick, writes Ann Crotty

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Letter: What about productivity?

If a person is guaranteed a minimum wage, what incentive is there to perform at your best and raise your game?

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In Good Faith: Judgment day for bank

A Zambian judge, commenting on a confidentiality issue, says it is the duty of the court to step in when breaches of the law arise, writes Carmel Rickard

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Letter: Education will be the key

The labour force in SA has a reputation of being slothful and poorly motivated, and are unionised and strike-prone, so the future looks gloomy anyway

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Bruce's List: Zuma gets ready to rumble

The president is running out of time to arrange his succession and avoid prosecution, writes Peter Bruce

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On My Mind: National minimum wage can be made to work

Faulty models underpin the predictions that a national minimum wage would cause huge job losses in SA, writes Gilad Isaacs

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Market Watch: Sun International — sunny side bets

Sun International could make three clever moves while punters fixate on bigger issues, writes Marc Hasenfuss

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Diamonds & Dogs: Anchor; Bauba

There’s no doubt that it’s an attractive business model, as even the most cursory glance at the wallets of those who launched the good ships Investec, RMB and Allan Gray will show, writes Jamie Carr

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Letter: ANC bows to tribal leaders

Why have things not changed for the better in democratic SA?

Editor's Note: Allister Sparks — a quality life

The former editor, who defined an era, would have approved of the fact that readers are apparently regaining an appetite for quality, writes Rob Rose

Between the Chains: A state-owned nosedive

When SAA finally released its financial results, it gave us the tangible cost of the Jacob Zuma/Dudu Myeni wreckage, writes Sikonathi Mantshantsha

Food for Thought: Great lunch, great country

The fact that the president can do nothing about being called a criminal in parliament shows that our democracy is working, writes Justice Malala

Bruce's List: The bad guys in SA are slowly losing

State corruption and mismanagement may threaten SA but there is reason to believe the bad guys won’t win, writes Peter Bruce

Shop Talk: Unpacking what went wrong at Mr Price

Zeenat Moorad asks what shoppers are looking for that they cannot find at Mr Price

Pattern Recognition: #DataMustFall right now

The lowest earners can spend up to 20% of monthly income on airtime. SA data costs are 16th highest out of 47 African countries, writes Toby Shapshak

Bruce's List: But for Mashaba, it’s all over bar the shouting

The DA and EFF will control almost 80% of municipal spend and will be quick to uncover the extent of the graft that has taken root in the ANC under Zuma, writes Peter Bruce

Editor's Note: If the shoe fits, Old Mutual...

Its lily-livered handling of Futuregrowth's activism against state capture is a disservice to a company with a proud 171-year history

Boardroom Tails: Cook & Co just too powerful

Ireland in a flap after Europe tells it to reclaim €13bn in taxes - and the rest of the world continues its love affair with Apple products, writes Ann Crotty

Between the Chains: Everything but the truth

Avoiding the courts like the plague, Oakbay's bid to "dispel the myths" serves only to show them up for what they are - untrustworthy

Editorial: We have to be on top of our game to survive

Sasol has to be as agile in handling its huge Louisiana investment

Shop Talk: SA's e-commerce playing catch up

SA's e-commerce is under 1% of a retail market worth more than R900bn seriously lagging behind other developing markets, writes Zeenat Moorad

Investor's Notebook: Sanlam familiarising itself with north Africa

Over the next five to 10 years the factor that will keep Sanlam in pole position among SA life offices will be the way it manages its relationship with Saham Finances, writes Stephen Cranston

Market Watch: Small-cap success

KayDav, one of the JSE's tiny shares, might be a better business than most punters realise, writes Marc Hasenfuss

Food for Thought: Enough to make jaws drop

Our president never fails to amaze - but a little pizza place in Parkwood evokes a far more pleasing sense of wonder, writes Justice Malala

Between the Chains: Long road to empowerment

This time the eight-year BEE journey will be a little more slippery as MTN Group will need to regain investor confidence

Diamonds & Dogs: Famous Brands; Mr Price

Famous Brands is sticking a couple of billion rand onto the table at the UK’s Gourmet Burger Kitchen, while the market didn’t hold back in expressing what it felt about Mr Price’s trading update

Editor's Note: A confederacy of dunces

For a scary few hours, it looked as though the motley crew of fools and tin-hat conspiracists would succeed in hijacking the economy, writes Rob Rose

Food for Thought: On the dock of the Bay

The ANC is in turmoil in the Eastern Cape after losing the province's prime metro to the DA. But there are great places to eat, writes Justice Malala

Shop Talk: The scarcity principle and pumpkin

When Starbucks launched in SA, Taste boss Carlo Gonzaga faced a gust of questions. Some, from twitchy investors, perhaps went along the lines of when (oh, when) they might get a meaningful return, writes Zeenat Moorad

Investor's Notebook: Futuregrowth in a political power play

With R170bn under management, Futuregrowth covers the full spectrum of fixed income, writes Stephen Cranston

Shop Talk: Sweet talk sometimes just doesn’t cut it

Mondelez’s pursuit of Hershey has fallen apart. It would have created the biggest chocolate company in the world, writes Zeenat Moorad

Food for Thought: Zuma’s apple crumbles

Thanks to the latest antics of the ANC and our president, SA is still on track for a ratings downgrade at the end of this year, writes Justice Malala

Investor's Notebook: RECM an acquired taste

RECM has proved it can pick good businesses through joint venture RECM & Calibre, writes Stephen Cranston